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The Afterlife in the Arab Spring

Amira Mittermaier (University of Toronto, Canada)



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31 January 2019
Death lies at the beginning of the Arab uprisings, and death continues to haunt them. Most narratives about the 'Arab Spring' begin with Mohammed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself on fire. Egyptian protesters in turn referred to Khaled Said, a young man from Alexandria whom the police had beaten to death. This book places death at the centre of its engagement with the Arab uprisings, counterrevolutions, and their aftermaths. It examines martyrdom and commemoration as performative acts through which death and life are infused with meaning. Conversely, it shows how, in the making, remembering, and erasing of martyrs, hierarchies are (re)produced and possible futures are foreclosed. The contributors argue that critical anthropological engagement with death, martyrdom, and afterlife is indispensable if we want to understand the making of pasts and futures in a revolutionary present. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology.
Edited by:   Amira Mittermaier (University of Toronto Canada)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9780367229870
ISBN 10:   0367229870
Pages:   134
Publication Date:   31 January 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Death and Martyrdom in the Arab Uprisings Amira Mittermaier 1. Civics Lesson: Ambivalence, Contestation, and Curricular Change in Tunisia Joel Rozen 2. Technologies of Immortality, `Good Endings', and Martyrdom in Urban Egypt Farha Ghannam 3. To Die is Gain: Singing a Heavenly Citizenship among Egypt's Coptic Christians Carolyn M. Ramzy 4. Reckoning with the Inevitable: Death and Dying among Syrian Christians during the Uprising Andreas Bandak 5. The Martyr Pop Moment: Depoliticizing Martyrdom Daniel J. Gilman

Amira Mittermaier is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the award-winning book Dreams that Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination (2010).

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